Interracial dating sociological problem


07-Jan-2016 22:50

One strain of research argues that interracial marriages represent a form of “race-status exchange” in which the white partner leverages his or her “higher” racial status to attract a minority partner with higher education or income (as compared to the white partner’s education and income: Feliciano, Robnett, and Komaie 2009; Fu 2001; Gullickson 2006; Gullickson and Fu 2010; Hou and Myles 2013; Kalmijn 1993; Kalmijn 2010; Qian 1997).

Yet it seems intuitive that it is the least racist individuals who would be most likely to enter interracial unions. Fitzpatrick, Jacki, Elizabeth A Sharp, and Alan Reifman. "Midlife Singles' Willingness to Date Partners With Heterogeneous Characteristics." Family Relations 58(1):121-133.

Indeed, politically conservative individuals (including minorities) express the strongest preference for white partners (Eastwick et al. In general, interracial daters are less traditional and more politically and culturally progressive (Fitzpatrick, Sharp, and Reifman 2009; Herman and Campbell 2012; Yancey 2002).

Intimate interracial relationships have long been considered indicative of the social distance between groups, a barometer for gauging race relations. "The Rise of Intermarriage: Rates, Characteristics Vary by Race and Gender." Qian, Zhenchao. "Breaking the Racial Barriers: Variations in Interracial Marriage Between 19." Demography 34(2):273-276. Let's get rid of those monsterous white guys that are evil itself. Why not just utalize the gallazillions of white sperm on reserve. They can be aborted in the womb and we can get an endless supply of white sex girls!

Social distance describes the feelings of similarity and closeness, or dissimilarity and rejection, that members of a group have toward members of some other group (Bogardus 1947; Simmel 1909). "Beauty and Status: The Illusion of Exchange in Partner Selection." American Sociological Review 79(4). Trouble is, you couldn't make Hedi Klum without her father.

In addition, such exchanges would reaffirm gender inequality in marriage by ensuring women’s economic dependence on their higher-earning husbands. Political Orientation and Interracial Romantic Desire." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 35(9):1258-1268.

Engaging in race-status exchange means that both partners perceive whiteness as better and more desirable—which implies at least some degree of internalized racism. Feliciano, Cynthia, Belinda Robnett, and Golnaz Komaie. "Gendered Racial Exclusion among White Internet Daters." Social Science Research 38(1):41-56. "Racial Intermarriage Pairings." Demography 38(2):147-159.



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